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TOTAL TRIP:

14 Days

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PLACES VISITED:

Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, Merzouga, Essaouira

DEPARTURE DATES:

Flexible dates

Overview

Time travel to the legendary land of ancient caravans, sorcerers of mysterious snakes, and royal cities on this epic journey through the most beautiful cities and places of Morocco. This is the last trip to Morocco.

With a private guide and driver, you will find the treasures of Rabat, Fes, Marrakech, and Casablanca, as well as Tangier, Chefchaouen, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, and Essaouira. Enter the bustling markets, incredible historical sites, mystical myths, ancient medals, and exotic food in Morocco. Enter the glistening Sahara behind the camel.

Save the carnivalesque shape of Marrakech’s large square, Jemma el Fna. Take off your socks and buy some handmade leather goods, drink traditional mint tea with skilled carpet weavers, and meet the local Berber family. Explore the magnificent Atlas High Mountains surrounding the magical Marrakech with tropical snowcapped peaks and mud-covered Berber villages. In the evening, relax in a combination of glittering riads and beautiful hotels that offer an unusual getaway and old Moroccan charms. This great personalized journey is full of endless possibilities.

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DAY 1 CASABLANCA – RABAT

You will be privately transferred between Casablanca and Rabat by a qualified driver and an English-speaking guide.

Since the 12th century, Rabat has played an important role in the history of Morocco. Beginning in 1146, the city was transformed into a massive fortress and was used as a stronghold for neighboring regions. The Rabat Medina, held at the Hassan Tower, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the site of an unfinished museum site – as originally planned – that would be the largest in the world. Throughout the centuries, Rabat served as one of the many ports in North Africa for Barbary looters, and it was active in the harbor from the 16th to the 18th century; the history of their existence is fascinating and is still heard today. In addition to its exciting history, Rabat is also an excellent shopping city with lots of curios, art shops, and markets throughout the city. With your private driver and English-speaking guide that caters to your needs and interests, your visit to the city of Rabat will definitely be fun, informative, and engaging.

Enjoy leisure time to check-in at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

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DAY 2 RABAT – TANGIER

Travel today between Rabat and Tangier in a private car with an English-speaking driver and guide.

Discover the city of Tangier and surrounding areas, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, with the help of a private pilot and an English-speaking guide. Marvel at the magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Strait of Gibraltar, a beautiful photo opportunity. Gather in the Kasbah region near the port, before heading towards the old Medina. Visit some of the many thriving stores on the streets of Medina and find the perfect craft, gift, or store for you or your loved ones. Pass on Grand Sacco and Mendoubia Park which are believed to contain the remains of certain ancient creatures, including dragon bones. Next, visit Petit Sacco with its crowds of shopping malls and riads; the museum hosts various famous artists including Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles, among others. At the end of your city tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

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DAY 3 TANGIER – CHEFCHAOUEN

Travel today between Tangier and Chefchaouen by private car with an English-speaking driver and guide.

The picturesque town of Chefchaouen is located in the mountainous region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Iberian Peninsula. Known for its shady trails, green, blue homes, metal windows, colorful tile roofs, and impressive socks, the best way to discover this holy city is to have fun with your private guide. You will find the powerful charm of Outa-el-Hamam Square, a medal-shaped medina on the rugged mountain range that is famous among the locals, and – while sitting in a café stand over the great Tarik – Ben-Ziad Mosque with octagonal minaret inspired by Torre de Oro in Seville you will be sure to see the influence of Spain. The houses within the walls of the mosque have a small but impressive ethnographic museum with collections of embroidery and colorful costumes worn by the women of the region including the famous djellaba – a long dress worn by North African men and women – first introduced in Chefchaouen. To find out more, visit a traditional oil mill – the region handles more than 1,500 of its own – or a professional workshop. In addition to unique weaving, Chefchaouen is also famous for making baskets and its own clay. For the most active, Cascades d’Akchour is a great way to hike in the mountains outside the city.

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DAY 4 CHEFCHAOUEN – FES

A private car with an English-speaking driver will provide a transfer between Chefchaouen and Fes. During the transfer, enjoy short tourist stops that include a visit to Meknes, the famous Ismailia capital known for its 40 km walls and numerous gates. Next, visit Bab Mansour, the royal stables, the amazing markets, and the famous Jewish quarter. Before reaching Fes, explore the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis and the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Upon arrival at Fes, a hotel deposit is issued.

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DAY 5 FEZ

Meet your guide at the lobby this morning, and from there you will explore Fes, Morocco’s cultural and spiritual center. Also known as Fes el Bali, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the ninth century and is also the world’s oldest university, founded in 859 CE. The city of Fes reached its true economic and cultural rise in the 13th and 14th centuries under the Merinids when it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the state. Although the Moroccan political capital was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fes has retained its status as the country’s arts center. Workshops featuring major medina professionals are as busy today as they were centuries ago, and they played a major role in the city’s industrial economy. Trading such as metalworking, leatherwork, pottery, silk weaving, and carpentry is done, and you will be sure to see it for yourself throughout the day. Festive sprouts, colorful and bitter, should be observed; here, workers work in small ponds filled with certain dyes to manage their belongings. The actual walls still protect the ancient city, and its nearly 9,000 streets and busy streets are a delight to behold. With a private pilot and professional guide beside you, discover the most important Fes highlights during this day-long trip.

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DAY 6 FES – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA

Relax as a private car with a driver and a guide that offers transfers between Fes and Erfoud. The en-route will pass through the beautiful cedar forest and cross the Atlas Mountain range to the mineral mining town of Midelt, where a luncheon is planned. The trek continues through the magnificent Ziz Gorge, passing by on its way to the ancient, holy city of Rissani. It is here that one can find the ruins of Sijilmasa, the former capital, and merchant of the ancient 8th-century settlement. After 7 hours of travel, you will arrive in Erfoud.

The 4×4 will be waiting for you to continue your journey towards the Erg Chebbi dunes, which are probably the largest sand dunes in the Sahara Desert. Erg Chebbi’s dunes are an amazing natural structure. At the top of the most critical area, you can imagine, suddenly a tall mountain of sand suddenly emerges. The mountain is surrounded by flat and desolate lands on all sides, and you may end up wondering if it really is real. And yet, even though its existence is so bizarre that it reveals myths and legends among the local people. When you arrive at the camp you will see the sunset from over the desert dunes and marvel at the peace and tranquility and change of local landscape.

Tonight, walk behind the camel and head into the wilderness for a chance to see the best sunsets in your life. Explore the golden sands of the Sahara until you reach the beautiful view of one of Nature’s largest exhibitions. As the other day draws to a close, watch the sky live in bright light and the rays play with the changing colors of the endless dunes around you. Tonight’s experience will be memorable.

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DAY 7 MERZOUGA – TINGHIR – OUARZAZATE

A 4×4 car will take you back to Erfoud where your private car is waiting for you on your way forward.

Travel today between Erfoud and Ouarzazate in a private car with an English-speaking driver. En-route, stops at Dades Gorges, Todra Gorge’s beautiful and older sister. These caves are located southwest of Tinghir. In the last winter, the Dades River flows and in mid-spring to early summer provides life for the countless grasslands. In the valleys along Dades Gorge, you will see numerous Argan (nut) trees above the palm walls surrounding Todra Gorge. When you get to the top of the pits, you will see the temperatures cool down, the views are amazing, and the people are happy. Northwest of Rissani and northeast of the Ouarzazate, above the road from Tinghir, is Todra Gorges. It feels the incredible splendor of huge gorge walls that reach 300 feet [300 m] high and extend 100 feet [100 m]. Northeast of the southern city of Ouarzazate, lay the Dades Valley — stretching between the peaks of the High Atlas and the Jbel Sarhro Mountain range. Known as ‘The Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs’, it is one of the most prominent oasis valleys in southern Morocco. Leaving the glaciers at the top of the Haute Atlas glaciers, the Dades River cuts through a short gorge, known as Dades Gorge, Aït Oudinar, and Aït Ali. From here, it flows across the Dades Valley to the southwest toward Ouarzazate. Before reaching Ouarzazate, you will stop at Skoura – one of Morocco’s most beautiful oases. Skoura gives tired travelers the opportunity to relax their feet and enjoy the abundance of nature. At first glance from the street, it looks like a small, tall, oasis species but if you have the opportunity to explore within it, you will see that it is huge and amazing. Continue your stay in the Ouarzazate area

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DAY 8 OUARZAZATE – KASBAH AIT BEN HADDOU – MARRAKECH

A private car with an English-speaking driver will pick you up and take you on an exploration trip to discover a truly unique place today. Enjoy a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified place, well-located on the once caravan route that connects the Sahara with Marrakech. This beautiful village is about 40 miles (60 km) from Skoura and has appeared in numerous Hollywood film productions, including Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth, with its unique art. In 1987, this famous landmark was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today’s tour takes one of Morocco’s most spectacular scenery, the Tizi n’Tichka route. The trail runs straight across the High Atlas Mountains Range, passing valleys with beautiful fields and adobe villages overlooking the hills.

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DAY 9 MARRAKECH GUIDED CITY TOUR

The vibrant and powerful history of Marrakech – the state capital of centuries past – is greatly appreciated by the help of a private guide. Today, start your Ocher City tour by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque. Built-in the 12th century, it is known for its magnificent minaret that can be seen on almost every street in the city due to a long-standing law prohibiting any other building in the old town from rising above the height of the palm tree.

After checking out the Koutoubia Mosque, visit the nearby El-Bahia Palace. Translated into English, El Bahia Palace means “Palace of Wisdom,” and this magnificent, magnificent, and masterpiece has been given to some of the world’s finest pottery. The 19th-century palace was built over a period of seven years by Ba Ahmed, son of Grand Vizier Si Moussa. Including a trapezoidal garden, a tiled courtyard, and a wealth of hidden treasures in the form of antiquities and a royal mansion of the Andalusian and Moorish buildings, it is a must-see site.

Your next stop is one of the most desirable archeological sites in Morocco: Saadian tombs. Opened to the public in 1917, they found a narrow passage leading to a walled garden and two tombs containing over a hundred graved ornaments. Musee De Marrakech, your next stop, is an important example of Moorish architecture, and the large courtyard and rooms are home to fine design practices; highways shaped, glass with bright colors, and a collection of ceramics that are sure to shine. Finally, wander around the delicious socks in Marrakesh. With 18 socks selling a wide range of handicrafts, fabrics, spices, food, electronics, antiques, and everything in between, Marrakech socks are a great place to find a keepsake to bring home or just a day-to-day contact in Red City.

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DAY 10 MARRAKECH

Today, go with your guide and driver to explore the High Atlas Mountains, emphasizing the experience with lunch at Kasbah Tamadot, a beautiful oasis-like place. Along the way, he will stop for a while in the Berber villages of Tahanoute and Asni before reaching Tamadot. Kasbah Tamadot is located on the outskirts of Asni, a small town of Berber where the road branches lead to Imlil and Toubkal Massif. A spectacular view of the mountains and valleys, including the town of Berber on the other side of the river. Tamadot also has an excellent wine list that blends well with their delicious food. After lunch at The Kasbah Tamadot, your guide will lead the way through the mountains on foot, and after crossing the Atlas range, you will be taken to a waiting car to transfer to your hotel in Marrakech.

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DAY 11 MARRAKECH – ESSAOUIRA

Private car driving with an English-speaking driver between Marrakech and Essaouira.

Essaouira, formerly a Phoenician trading post, is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. With your private guide and the best driver, you are determined to discover the history of this photogenic city, learning about its first reliance on Tyrian purple dye in trade with the Roman Empire and exploring centuries-old Portuguese-built castles; there is a city. Essaouira Citadel, the city’s main fishing port, is where you can get a daily supply of fresh fish and the best food in town. Here you will have lunch on the other side of the Mediterranean and later take a few steps south to enjoy time on a large beach that is farther south. The city’s easy-going atmosphere, the old medina and its ancient blue and white buildings, huge castles and sea, all combine in a fun way to create a bohemian atmosphere that is very different from the rest of the world.

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DAY 12 ESSAOUIRA

Essaouira offers a variety of optional services. Choose between mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, sea surfing, kite, camel rides, vineyards, hiking, or a tour of Argan oil production.

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DAY 13 ESSAOUIRA – CASABLANCA

A private car with an English-speaking driver will provide a transfer between Essaouira and Casablanca.

The largest city in the Maghreb, Casablanca is a bustling city, full of history while embracing modernity. Crowded and spreading with an eclectic miscellany of different buildings both old and new, each corner reveals a new street with its own character. The city has seen an incredible change over the centuries. The King Hassan II Mosque, completed in 1993, is a landmark. Discovering the sea and containing 689 meters (210 meters) – the tallest in the world – it is an attractive temple. The mosque welcomes non-Muslim visitors to view their stunning interior as part of daily group visits where you will have the opportunity.

Another area of ​​interest is the Moroccan Jewish Historical Museum, located in the Oasis area of ​​Casablanca. Significantly, the museum – the only museum dedicated to Judaism in the Arab world – has a wide range of artifacts that offer insight into both Moroccan Jewish history and Berber history, and Casablanca Cathedral is another important tourist attraction. It is worth noting that the cathedral is located at the foot of Old Medina; a relaxed and colorful setting, with vendors reflecting the true personality of this global heritage, thus making it an ideal place to relax and enjoy the afternoon refreshments.

When the time is right, break in the middle of the day to dine at Rick’s Café, this salon was designed to catch the breeze of the bar made by the famous 1942 Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman known as Casablanca. So for both the professional driver and the personal guidance you have, the best of Casablanca is yours to discover.

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DAY 14 CASABLANCA AIRPORT

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Casablanca airport by an English-speaking driver.

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What's included

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • knowledgeable Certified tour guide
  • Private English speaking driver
  • Premium class accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & some dinners
  • 4 wheels drive to Merzouga dunes
  • Camel trek
  • Entrance fees to historical sites/museums
  • Departure transfer

Prices

Prices are on request and depend on your chosen accommodation, services, and the time of travel.

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